Congratrulations to HAS doctoral student Mostafa Javadian whose research paper, METRIC and WaPOR Estimates of Evapotranspiration over the Lake Urmia Basin: Comparative Analysis and Composite Assessment, was recently published in the online journal Water, and was also featured on the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations website.
Evapotranspiration is one of the main components of the water and energy balance. In this study, Javadian and co-authors compared 2 ET products suitable for regional analysis at high spatial resolution: the recent WaPOR product developed by FAO and the METRIC algorithm. WaPOR---based on ETLook (a two-source model) and relying on microwave images---is unique as it has no limitation under cloudy days, but METRIC is limited by clouds. METRIC is more sensitive to land surface temperature, and WaPOR is more sensitive to soil moisture. Results of Javadian's testing suggest that the two products can complement each other.
Mostafa is currently completing his doctoral research under the direction of HAS Associate Professor Ali Behrangi. You can find a link to the full article at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations website devoted to WaPOR, remote sensing for water productivity (click on the article title, "METRIC and WaPOR estimates..." under Related Links).
Well done, Mostafa!